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On article Sony FE 35mm F1.8 Review (382 comments in total)
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Rotodpreview: Looks very nice. Like the weatherproofing. Still, for me I prefer the smaller size of micro 4/3 and Sony has moved away from Zeiss in favor of their own lenses. That's fine, they are sharp, I just don't care for the color palette.

When people don't know what camera took what picture the stats show you're in a minority but that's ok, maybe you know best.

Link | Posted on Aug 22, 2019 at 07:49 UTC

I think these lenses look lovely but I just can't get away with the focus tab handling. I feel like I'm juggling and about to drop the camera. I tried to love one on my A7 but I had to give up as I just couldn't get on with the focus tab handling.

I have the fe version which I think is a good lens with only the wild bokeh at the widest apertures and the soft extreme corners (at any aperture) to complain about. The fe 40mm f1.2 is a much more modern looking lens IMO but I've hardly used mine since I got the fe 35mm f1.4.

Link | Posted on May 8, 2019 at 22:46 UTC as 13th comment | 4 replies
On article Canon EOS RP review (1691 comments in total)
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Thoughts R Us: On this discussion see the usual brand debates and comparisons, saying well, brand X over here is still better on this spec, or brand Y over here offers this at a certain price.

But that too often ignores the reality of the camera market. The camera market is shrinking; there are not many new buyers starting from scratch. There are some but I would say that most people buying cameras these days are already invested in at least one system or another.

So for someone already owning a Canon DSLR, and this would be a far larger number than new entrants to the market, it really doesn't matter what other brands offer. Most consumers who own a Canon DSLR are happy with it, have lenses for it, and this Canon RP offers them a relatively affordable chance to get into mirrorless and use those same lenses seamlessly. It even comes with the adapter for free.

So the more relevant question for most will be if it's worth it for them to go into mirrorless.

I used to be a Canon user. I sold the lot and moved to Sony.

Link | Posted on Apr 2, 2019 at 16:25 UTC
On article Hands-on with the Sony 135mm F1.8 GM (388 comments in total)
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Foto64: I would like to see a 50-150mm f2 a great portrait range

"What about a compact 85 mm lens, and move your legs a bit forward and backwards, instead of using a heavy, bulky and very expensive zoom lens?"

Simple, perspective. Foot zooming is a completely different thing and will not give you the same perspective.

Link | Posted on Feb 28, 2019 at 10:14 UTC
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Imager of: And let’s be honest. They need all the help they can get now Canon has caught them up with the mirrorless tech.

I think Canon may have arguably caught up with the MK2 bodies but MK3 seems to be way ahead.

Link | Posted on Feb 24, 2019 at 10:36 UTC
On article Sony a7 III vs. Canon EOS R vs. Nikon Z6, which is best? (1235 comments in total)
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DuxX: Comparisons like this can be useful of course BUT all of this falls into water when we get to personal preference especially in terms of image quality and color science. 98% of all this technical differences can be seen only in lab comparisons, not in real life shooting situations. Also optics is a very important factor which in this case can not be easily compared. RF 50mm f1.2 and 28-70 f2 not exist yet in Sony and Nikon camp. In the end, system is not just a sensor. New bodies are coming and going but optics stay much longer in our bags.

"RF 50mm f1.2 and 28-70 f2 not exist yet in Sony and Nikon camp. In the end, system is not just a sensor."

But you can have a f0.95 in Sony e fit and even a f0.85. Where's the f0.85 Canon fit lens? I suppose they'll come eventually and when they do most people will buy the f3.5-5.6, f2.8 or f4 zooms and f1.4 to F2.8 primes.

Link | Posted on Dec 18, 2018 at 11:07 UTC
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IdM photography: Would the optical design of the Canon 50mm F1.2L RF lens fit in a Sony E mount? The rear element does not seem so large... (I am here talking about optical design, not adapting the lens, which is imposible)

Don't listen to the Canikon fanboys.

The Sony e mount can take f1.2 and faster lenses but that fact that it can and that these lenses already exist and can be bought today is airbrushed from history by the fanboys who now insist that it simply isn't possible.

It may be impossible to use this Canon lens on a Sony body but certainly f1.2 and faster lenses can and do work on Sony e mount bodies.

Link | Posted on Dec 14, 2018 at 10:28 UTC
On article Canon RF 35mm F1.8 Macro IS STM sample gallery (318 comments in total)
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TORN: Maybe I need to see more pictures especially of close portraits but so far I am not especially impressed. Not a fan of the extending tube either, but that of course is required for the macro feature. Seems to work well against light and the sun stars are not too shabby. Solid but nothing to rave about. It seems I am in the minority here.

"For a combination close-up and distance usage lens, it is a very good lens for the money. I have the Canon EF 50mm/2.5 1:1 macro. I used it for macro and distance. It is extremely sharp and sells for less than $300, but no IS."

The Canon 50mm f2.5 macro isn't a 1:1 macro, it'll only go to half life size unless you use the life size adapter.

Link | Posted on Oct 16, 2018 at 09:10 UTC
On article Nikon Z7 Review (4475 comments in total)
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Zvonimir Tosic: I am so delighted to see that DPR team frames answers that flatter their peripheral technical nerdiness; they have discovered a new horse-hide to beat, and they will crown all those who pass them a bat.

Get real.

You can't carefully measure the exposure and avoid pushing the shadows by more than a stop for these high dynamic range shots.

If you're not going to attempt to capture the scene with one shot you choices are to blow the highlights or crush the shadows or take multiple exposures and blend them post capture. Staying within 1 stop means it simply can't be done with one exposure.

Link | Posted on Oct 2, 2018 at 09:51 UTC
On article Panasonic Lumix DC-GX9 review (875 comments in total)

I obviously haven't tried a GX9 yet but I'm worried by the choice of EVF. I have a GX7 and a GX80 and their EVF's disappoint me every single time I use them.

Link | Posted on Feb 14, 2018 at 09:37 UTC as 148th comment | 1 reply
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Rich Evans: I see a lot of "gloating" from the Micro Four Tard camp.

Guys, it is a pro lens. What do you expect? It to look like the toy cameras you carry? Besides, this will give great IQ. Have you checked DXO mark recently for anything from your camp there?

There is a reason why pros favour bigger sensor cameras. And with that optics will follow. How many of those tiny cellphone optics actually win any awards? 0.


As a Sony FF and MFT owner can I ask you to grow up? Or is that too much to ask?

Maybe you should ask your mommy if it's a good idea before you post drivel like this again.

Link | Posted on Feb 13, 2018 at 09:54 UTC

The phrase "Funsucker" springs to mind.

Link | Posted on Oct 13, 2017 at 21:48 UTC as 138th comment
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amipal: "Cleverly, the M10 knows when you’re manually focusing, and automatically magnifies a central area of the live view image to help out"

Would be interesting to know how Leica have accomplished this with manual lenses. It's an extra step one has to do on mirrorless to get an adapted lens image zoomed for focus.

"Would be interesting to know how Leica have accomplished this with manual lenses. It's an extra step one has to do on mirrorless to get an adapted lens image zoomed for focus."

Some native manual mirroless lenses do this.

Link | Posted on Jan 23, 2017 at 00:44 UTC
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King of Song: This is an esoteric boutique camera.

Leica is no longer what it used to be, because the Germans are the greatest at mechanical engineering, not electronic. Todays cameras are basically computers with lenses attached, and unfortunately Leica can't build the best computer. Compare the specs of the new Sony A99 II to this (perfect, as they claim) Leica. It's like comparing the performance of a superbike motorcycle, to a bicycle,

But the Leica is the most gorgeous, the most prestigious, and revered, Maybe that's what they meant by "perfect?"

"As computers the Sony wins on paper, as a machine to pick up and take pictures with, the Leica is the better.
I will admit I have a bias against Sony, on paper they promise so much, pick one up and have a quick check to see what pointless features are turned off then it all goes horribly wrong. Great sensors, good as a computer, dreadful as a camera."

Simply drivel. Why care who makes the gear? Grow up and lose the fanboyism and prejudice.

Link | Posted on Jan 23, 2017 at 00:34 UTC
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Anadrol: If you absolutely want the rangefinder experience sure you have to buy a Leica;
but just for image quality and easy of use, for a fraction of cost,
the Sony A7 line is much better, and it's where innovation is at each year.

Sony lenses are bigger yes, but many have excellent performance.

Sony sensors are simply the best.
Long gone are times where Leica had the only FF sensor...

"(The A7 however is not a serious camera, it shoots lossy only raws, and has an incredibly loud mechanical shutter, the A7R suffers from these problems too.)"

I preordered my A7 so I've had it since pretty much day 1 and I've never seen a compression issue and no one has ever said "You've got a compression issue there mate." Nor has anyone ever commented on the shutter. In fact it's positively quiet compared to the anvil being thrown into a tin bath some of my Canon DSLR's made.

Link | Posted on Jan 23, 2017 at 00:32 UTC
On article Modern Mirrorless: Canon EOS M5 Review (1641 comments in total)
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FotoFrik: The camera Canon EOS M5 is at the level of the camera Sony A6000, but Sony costs 500 EUR :)

"Maybe but you won't find any Sony good lenses for your Sony I am,afraid.... this is the only apsc system camera with so many bad lenses, every concerned photographer knows that."

Wont find any? Sony 24mm f1.8? It's widely reported to be excellent. Look harder and you may find more good lenses.

Link | Posted on Dec 21, 2016 at 11:11 UTC
On article Video: Sony a6500 First Look (339 comments in total)
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chris boettcher: Looking forward to handling the A6500. I did not like the A6300 because of the brick-like feel of the body in my hands. I truly loved the ergonomics of the NEX7 body. Good to see that the a6500 has better focusing specs than everything that preceded it. Of course the menu interface is better than the NEX7 as well. I will have to try it out before spending the extra bucks. FWIW, the Panasonic GX8 has almost all the features that the negative review comments say are missing on the Sony APSC bodies. Maybe it is time for those folks to abandon the Sony ship for now. Comparing the IQ on the GX8 and the A6500 will be a good decision making exercise for me. The GX8 with the 12-60mm lens goes for under $1K.

The GX8 suffers shutter shock so you need to be careful what lenses you select and the 20mm is slow to focus and can give banding at high ISO's. Together they make a deeply flowed package and not one I'd have thought Sony would want to make.

Link | Posted on Oct 7, 2016 at 22:14 UTC
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Auricom: SONY: does hearing that name send euphoric energy ripples up and down your spine? /:o

I used to fix Canon photocopiers. They were horrible. Lumping cameras together in your mind with other products the company makes is just... silly.

Move on man.

Link | Posted on Nov 20, 2014 at 23:58 UTC
On article Sigma USB Dock quick review (147 comments in total)
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keepreal: This is another example of technology getting out of hand. As I went digital, I had to familiarise myself with all sorts of concepts only to subsequently dispose of most of them, like having twenty two subject modes, none of which are needed for serious photography where the camera operator still knows what he is doing and remains in control.

I am not saying that this Sigma device is unnecessary, just that it ought to be in the labs of manufacturers. If one is using high quality equipment where fine tuning to this degree makes sense, for the exorbitant amounts one has to pay, let them get it right before the user gets to buy anything or, if we are talking about an option like adjusting the autofocus seek range, let them build that into the camera to adjust, where it should be in the first place, so that one is not stuck with one setting per shooting session.

Everything now is becoming so unnecessarily complicated that soon you will need training just to suck eggs.

"All this contraption does is solve a problem that shouldn't exist in the first place - and doesn't, when you buy OEM lenses"

You are kidding aren't you. If you're right no OEM lens will ever need micro adjust on any OEM body.

Good luck with that.

Link | Posted on Aug 20, 2013 at 22:32 UTC
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